The kitchen is the heart of the home, which is why it’s so important for it to have a functional layout. There are many tricks to creating an effective kitchen design, such as the work triangle. While a custom home kitchen has more room for creative designs, most homes tend to stick to these popular kitchen layouts.


One Wall Kitchens

One walled kitchen is more often found in lofts or condos in downtown Toronto rather than in a custom home, but if you’re building a smaller, more modern style home this kitchen layout may be interesting to you. As the name implies, the kitchen is located against a single wall. Sometimes a one wall kitchen can include an island, which provides a bit more countertop space.


Galley Kitchens

Galley kitchens, also known as walk-through kitchens, are when there are two parallel countertops with a walkway in between. This type of kitchen uses space in an effective manner, which is why they’re often used in smaller homes. These days there’s not as popular due to how enclosed the kitchen is, but they’re a good option if you’re tight on space or like a more closed-in kitchen.


L-Shaped Kitchens

An L-shaped kitchen is one of the most popular designs these days, and due to the highly effective design is one of the most popular layouts for custom homes. This layout consists of two countertops on two adjoining walls forming an “L”. This style can easily accommodate an island if there is space, which is also why it’s so popular.


U-Shaped Kitchens

A U-shaped kitchen, also known as a Horseshoe kitchen, is when there are countertops on three walls that come together. These days it’s common to have one of the countertops be a peninsula for a more open concept look. It’s also possible to add an island, although it’s important that you think about appliance placement if you do so that the island doesn’t become a barrier for workflow.


G-Shaped Kitchens

As the name implies, a G-shaped kitchen looks like the letter “G”. It’s a similar design as a U-shaped kitchen, only that one of the countertops also has a peninsula attached to it making it a “G’. This style is great for homes that have large kitchens. While an island can be added, unless the kitchen is exceptionally large, an island will block workflow.


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